NL West weekly report: Diamondbacks take division lead

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A recap of what happened in the NL West from May 23rd to May 29th; One team takes the lead, two teams fall a couple games back, and the two teams in the basement stay put.

This week was once again strange and normal for the NL West. The Dodgers played well, the Diamondbacks took the division lead, the Giants and Rockies fell a couple games back of the Dbacks, and the Padres didn't make any big moves in the standings.

Team recaps

Diamondbacks:

Arizona was 4-1 over the past week, took the division lead, and was forced to postpone yesterday's game with the Rangers due to rain. This week, Martin Prado led the Dbacks instead of Paul Goldschmidt.

The Diamondbacks started off the week by taking two of three against the Padres. On Monday, Arizona swept a doubleheader against the Rangers. Prado was on fire this week and finished second in the MLB in batting average (first in the West and second in the NL) when he hit .563 with 9 hits, 3 RBIs, and zero strikeouts.

Rockies:

Colorado was 2-4 this past week and fell 2.5 games back in the standings. The Rockies lost two of three to the Giants and Astros, scoring three runs or fewer in each of their last four games.

Colorado started off the week with a 5-0 win over San Francisco, but then dropped three in a row. The Rockies gave up six runs or more three times, losing each of those games.

Giants:

San Francisco was 2-4 over the past week and fell 2.5 games back in the standings. The Giants won 2 of 3 against the Rockies, but have now lost 3 in a row to the Athletics. San Fran lost 4 of 6 even though their starters gave up on average the same amount of runs per game as the offense scored, 3.8.

The Giants starting pitching was very poor again. San Francisco's starters gave up two runs once, four runs four times, and five runs once. The only pitcher to give up fewer than four runs in a start was Matt Cain on Sunday when he surrendered two to Colorado.

Padres:

San Diego was 3-3 this past week and moved from 4.5 to 6 games back in the standings. The Padres lost two of three to the Diamondbacks and then won two of three against the Mariners.

Once again, San Diego's offense was very inconsistent. The Padres scored two against the Dbacks on Friday, and then ten on Saturday. Two days later, San Diego didn't score at all against Seattle, losing 9-0. The Padres surrendered on average more runs (4.5) per game than they scored (4.3), but still managed to win half their games this week.

Dodgers:

Los Angeles was 3-3 this past week and moved from 6 to 7.5 games back in the standings. The Dodgers lost two of three to the Cardinals and then won two of three against the Angels.

LA's starting pitchers weren't as great this week as they were last week, except for Hyun-Jin Ryu. The lefty threw a complete game shutout against the Angels on Tuesday. Ryu struck out seven, walked none, and gave up just two hits against the Angels. Adrian Gonzalez also had a monster week, but we'll talk about that later.

What's in store for these teams next week?

Diamondbacks: One game against the Rangers, three games against the Cubs, three games against the Cardinals

Rockies: One game against the Astros, three games against the Dodgers, three games against the Reds

Giants: One game against the Athletics, three games against the Cardinals, two games against the Blue Jays

Padres: One game against the Mariners, three games against the Blue Jays, three games against the Dodgers

Dodgers: One game against the Angels, three games against the Rockies, three games against the Padres

Overall player of the week goes to...

Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez:

The slugger hit .500 with three homers, eight RBIs, eleven hits, and zero strikeouts over the past seven days. Gonzalez hit .500 with two homers, six RBIs, and five hits against the Cardinals over the weekend.

Best individual performance goes to...

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu

The starter defeated the Angels on Tuesday when he finished with this line: 9 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 H, 7 K, 113 pitches. It was the eighth time in eleven starts that Ryu's final pitch count was in triple digits.

Best team of the week...

Goes to the Diamondbacks. Arizona was 4-1 this past week and took a 2.5 game lead over Colorado and San Francisco in the standings. The Diamondbacks scored four or more runs in every game, averaging five runs per game. The Dbacks also swept a double header against one of the best teams in the American League, the Texas Rangers.

Worst individual performance of the week...

Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp

Kemp finished Monday's 8-7 win over the Angels with a golden sombrero. That's right, the center fielder was 0-5 with four strikeouts.

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